About the Artist
RB McGrath  Artist/ Painter


Painting style:  Eclectic.   Contemporary Realism, Impressionism, Abstract
                                         Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape and Marine

Awards:            2012 - City Council, City of Jacksonville
                                   Award of Appreciation: "for your love of art and music expressed to your City,
                                                                          State, and Nation through canvas and paint brush, that
                                                                          helps to create a more human world."
                                                                                        Gary Fletcher, Mayor
                         2011 -  Winner - "The Royals Art Race" sponsored by Ovation Television
                         2009 -  FAA Howard Shull Int'l Portrait Competition - First Place
                         2007 -  Winner -  Empty Bowls Cover Art.  L.R., AR
                         2006 -  Quadruple Award Winner - ASF Creative Arts Competition, AR
                                       Best in Show - Trail Rider  (Landscape with Figure)
                                       First Place -     Landscape  (Trail Rider)
                                       First Place -     Still Life      (Still Life with Radio, Wine and Fruit)
                                       First Place -     Realism      
Still Life - Violin

Public Art Projects:      2013:   The Fallen Heros Memorial Garden. Monument and Garden Design.
                                                Location: Jacksonville Fire and Police Complex. Jacksonville, AR
                                     2014:   Jacksonville Historical District Project.  Renderings of District Locations.
                                     2013:   Jacksonville Landscape Paintings Permanent Exhibit:   City Hall Lobby
                                                                                                                                        Jacksonville, AR

Commercial Art Projects:

           Cover Art and Design - 2014: "New Directions" Alan Storeygard Trio CD
           Cover Art and Design - 2012:  IBLA Grand Prize Concert DVD
           Cover Art and Design - 2010:  IBLA Grand Prize Concert DVD
           Cover Art 
- Still Life with Radio, Wine and Fruit for Radio Time, Poems by
                                           2009-2014 New Hampshire Poet Laureate W.E. Butts
                                           Published by: Cherry Grove Collections.  2011                           
          
Cover Art, Design and Photography for "Third Time's A Charm"
                                           Alan Storeygard Trio Jazz CD.  Released May 2nd, 2010.
                                           Cover: Portrait of Alan Storeygard. Back cover: photographic portrait of
                                           the Alan Storeygard Trio.  Booklet: Photographic portraits of:
                                           Dave Rogers-Drummer, Brian Wolverston-Bassist and Broadway Star
                                           Lawrence Hamilton - vocalist.

Shows:       Wealth Management, Inc. Presents - The Art of RB McGrath
                   2010 Winter Art Exhibit and Wine Event.  Solo show.  March 5, 2010

Media:        Featured on KARK, KTHV, KATV and Fox 16, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Three Rivers
                   Arkansas Leader News, The Cabot Star Herald, The Maumelle Monitor

Books &
Articles:            
Paintings. A Collection of the Works of RB McGrath.  Blurb Publishing.  2011
                        
  ICON The Art of RB McGrath.  Blurb Publishing -  2009
                         
Everyone Pees in the Shower - A Daily Boost to Your Personal Growth.
                                                                         
Blurb Publishing, 2014


Selected Corporate and Public  Collections:

     William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Choctaw Bldg. Clinton Presidential Center.  Little Rock, AR
     City of Jacksonville, Arkansas. City Hall
     Governor's Mansion Permanent Collection, State of Arkansas, Little Rock
     Central Arkansas Library System Public Collection
     Performance Food Group - Little Rock, AR
     Pathfinder Incorporated Corporate Headquarters - Jacksonville, Arkansas

Selected Private Collections:

     Mr. and Mrs. David Stoos.  Minneapolis, Minnesota
     Joe Copeland, Regional President, Performance Food Group, and Lynn Copeland, L.R., AR
     Joan Tyler Zumwalt collection, Jacksonville, AR
     Dr. Alan and Paula Storeygard, Jacksonville, AR
     Salvatore Moltisanti - IBLA Foundation - New York
     Sherman Banks, Banks Int'l Consulting, Little Rock, AR
     Collection of Roger and JoAnn Utley, Sherwood, AR
     Collection of Bill and Saundra Buchannan Gethz - The Dalles, Oregon
     Theresa Everett - Washington, D.C.
     Charles and Sherry Vanlandingham - N.L.R., AR
     Robert and Tommi Fell  -N.L.R., AR
     Lou and Gloria Lewonowski - Jacksonville, AR
     Robert E. and Mary Carlson - Montgomery, AL
     Anita Cross - N.L.R., AR
     Barbara Rhine Collection - Wilmington, Deleware
     Collection of Mrs. Mary Ford - Austin, AR
     Robert Murphy Collection - St. John's, NFLD
     Darrin and Kathleen King - England, AR
     Tom and Mary Henry - Little Rock, AR



Brief bio:

      RB McGrath was born in a small fishing village named Branch, on the southern coast of the Avalon Penninsula on the island of Newfoundland.  Born to an American Air Force father and a Newfoundland Mother, the family moved to LRAFB in Jacksonville, Arkansas when McGrath was fourteen years of age. 

      McGrath's artistic pursuits began in the 1980's in Boston where the artist painted a large mural entitled "Mother Earth" for a facility at Northeastern University.

      In 2010 McGrath's "Portrait of Salvatore Moltisanti", Founder and President of the IBLA Foundation, was installed in the IBLA Foundation Headquarters in New York City.

      In 2011 McGrath's "Portrait of
President William Jefferson Clinton in Profile" was installed the President's office in the Clinton Foundation offices in the Choctaw Building at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR.  In a memo to McGrath from Lena Moore, Deputy Executive Director of the William J. Clinton Foundation, Moore states: "He (President Clinton) didn't just like the painting - he loves it!"  Present for the unveiling were President Clinton, then Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton, Clinton School President Skip Rutherford and several other dignitaries

     McGrath's "
Portrait of Governor Mike Beebe" was unveiled for the Governor in 2011 at the State Capital in Arkansas and is now part of the Governors Mansion Permanent Collection owned by the Citizens of Arkansas. 

     In 2012 it was discovered that a wall art manufacturer in Mainland China had electronically pirated the image of RB McGrath's "
Still Life of Violin".  Xiamen Bigal Co. Ltd. began reproducing both hand painted and machine made copies of McGrath's work for counterfeit sales in the U.S., Asia, France, Portugal, Australia, Canada and Europe.  McGrath's painting is the only fine art work in American history to launch a Congressional Inquiry.  In 2013 Congressman Tim Griffin's Washington office launched an investigation into the piracy and illegal counterfeiting of McGrath's work.  The inquiry has included four seperate Washington agencies.  Most recently Congressman Griffin visited the RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie in Jacksonville, AR to view the original painting "Still Life of Violin".  The painting has been featured in numerous broadcast news and print news feature stories.   The Congressional investigation is ongoing.  A documentary film titled "Digital Peruggias" surrounding the theft of Still Life of Violin, the investigation, massive piracy and counterfeiting by Chinese art manufacturers and the history and work of RB McGrath is now in the works and is scheduled to premier in 2015 at The Little Rock Film Festival. The film is being produced and directed by Independent Filmmaker Keith Hudson.

      August 25th of 2014 the Paramount King and Queen Mother of Kpando, Ghana visited the RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie in Jacksonville as part of the African delegation's United States tour.

      McGrath works are in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

     An avid amateur musician, McGrath also plays violin and cello and is a avid supporter of visual arts and music education.  The Artist' long term goal is the creation of a Center for the Arts for the city of Jacksonville, which will house a museum of fine art with a permanent collection, an art school, a music school and a performance hall.  
    



























                  

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Portrait of William Jefferson Clinton in Profile
35.5 x 48".  Oil on cavas
Clinton Presidential Center, Clinton Foundation
Little Rock, Arkansas
Mona Lisa, after Leonardo
21x30 inches.  Oil on wood support
RB McGrath 2012
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Seated Woman
20 x 24 inches.  Oil on canvas
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Arc Angel Micheal and the Mermaid
30 x 40 inches.  Acrylic and oil on canvas
RB McGrath Atelier et Galarie
Still Life of Violin.
24x30".  Oil on canvas
RB McGrath 2006

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